In between the last post and this one, I had to, sadly, separate my little robo pair. Kousagi now lives in several Habitrial Ovos all hooked up together, on the headboard I use as a bookshelf. All in all, they took the separation quite well and are as happy as clams being apart.
Anyways, with that all said and done, onto some more fun stuff. You'll see that I gave my blog a brand spankin' new title picture. Don't you just love that new picture smell? I sure do! Its the best smell ever!! You'll notice that it features a certain little somebody whom I love and adore. In case you're puzzled, that's Holly up there. She is still around, though getting on in age. I guess she is getting to that point in life where you spend more time sleeping than awake. She always seems to be snuggled deep within her huge nest, leaving me puzzled as to what she is always doing in there.
Keeping on with the all new feel to the blog, I am adding reviews for treats and food stuffs later on. Yeah, I know I promised something like that about a year ago, but its going to happen. I swear!!
To start things off, I am going to give you all a review on something I picked up at Petsmart some time ago. Its a package of oat sprays I found in the pet bird isle. You'd be surprised as to how many bird items can be safely fed to a hamster. Well, here is a link to the oatsprays at the Petsmart website so you can see what the packaging looks like:
Its part of the store's All Living Things brand so, it has that sort of packaging to it. The cellophane packaging is kind of difficult to open and I struggled with it for a few minutes before finally getting the scissors and slashing it open in one fell swoop. Inside there are about 20-30 oat sprays, which look like something like this.
|Mmmmmm, full of fibery goodness!|
They are golden yellow in appearance and have several seed pods where the oat seeds are located. Since my dad was raised on a dairy farm, I knew what to expect. Some people not familiar with the oat plant might be a little surpised to find its actually a very grass-like plant. Its not super fresh, but since its dried, its very much okay to feed your hamsters.
I put about 3/4 into Holly's tank and she waddled on over and began to "harvest" the seeds from the stalks. I felt it gave her some very important enrichment as she went about it, and to me felt like she was almost gathering them like her ancestors would have done with similar plants in the wilds of Syria. When the seeds were all gone, she had the stalks to gnaw on as an added bonus. She pouched some, waddled on back into her nest hole and (I am assuming as I can't see what she does in there) began to line it with her new prize.
I also gave some to Chibiusa and Kousagi respectively, and they each did pretty much the same thing. After a few days, not much remained of the sprays.
All in all, I say this is a very good buy. It provides a healthy treat, enrichment, something to gnaw on afterwords, and a good nest lining material. I give it a solid 10 out of 10!!